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Papertrey Ink July Release in Review

Thanks so much for stopping by today see my remaining projects using Papertrey Ink’s July products. They will be available July 15 at 10pm EST. This release is one of my favorites. There are so many great additions.


It’s Christmas in July for my first card! I love that Note Niblets gives you a variety of occasions to create cards and such for. I loved the little cluster of berries, so I created a background using that image. I added the sentiments and embellished using the coordinating dies.



Stamps: Note Niblets
Ink: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Sweet Blush
Dies: Note Niblets


Using Botanical Blocks II paired with Banner Sentiments, I decided to create a one-layer sympathy card. I used gold perfect pearls and a white gel pen to accent the petals.



Stamps: Botanical Blocks II, Banner Sentiments
Cardstock: Winter Wisteria
Ink: True Black, Versamark
Other: gold perfect pearls, white gel pen


This month’s Phrase Play #6 has a lot of options. I love how you can use the die cut words or negative die cuts to create all sorts of great things. I embellished the die cut with a floral spray from Embellished Elegance.



Stamps: Phrase Play #6, Embellished Elegance
Ink: Limeade Ice, True Black, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Hawaiian Shores
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Dies: Phrase Play #6, Embellished Elegance


My last card features Big Ticket Additions and Birthday Classics: August. I added the greeting to the ticket die cut and layered it with another ticket. Of course, I had to use the floral stamp in Birthday Classics: August to create a wallpaper and I love how it reminds me of a polka dotted pattern.



Stamps: Birthday Classics: August, Big Ticket Additions
Ink: True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, True Black, Hibiscus Burst
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Dies: Big Ticket
Other: mini clothespin (Pebbles)

Thanks so much for visiting my blog for the past few days. It means A LOT! I’ve been reading your comments in between taking care of Lauren. I’ve had to juggle a lot during this release. We both caught our first “bug” and she has not been sleeping well. So, I am having to re-train her. I am very tired mom these past few days. I’m shocked I made it through this release, so please know your comments helped keep me going.

Now, go check out what everyone else created because I know it’s awesome!

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
Victoria HJuly 15, 2014 - 7:13 am

seriously you’ve been ill too….you could never tell. Beautiful cards especially sending you loving prayers.

GraceJuly 15, 2014 - 8:02 am

Beautiful cards.

JillJuly 15, 2014 - 8:15 am

Gorgeous cards! Love them all! Hope you are feeling better!

Cindy H.July 15, 2014 - 8:55 am

Beautiful cards! My very favorite is the sympathy card – it has a serene elegance.

Diana KJuly 15, 2014 - 9:28 am

Sorry you haven’t been feeling well, but you sure managed to make some gorgeous projects for this release! You rock big time. I think that your Holly Jolly Christmas card is my absolute favourite.

Laura NorrisJuly 15, 2014 - 11:11 am

WOW! All these are wonderful projects! I really like the Christmas card – so simple yet so cute! Sorry to hear that you and cute little Lauren are under the weather. Heres to a quick recovery and regular sleep!

Susan BeauchaineJuly 15, 2014 - 11:34 am

FABULOUS cards. I LOVE the Botanical Blocks Sympathy card. Right up my alley, no coloring.
Thanks for sharing

Nancy PenirJuly 15, 2014 - 11:47 am

Good Morning Ashley (hope it’s good!). Lovely projects with the ‘happy Ashley’ touch! There’s always such joy in your cards, colors, layouts, and the most awesome photography! Hope all is better with the little one soon. I pray both of you are quickly back to health!

Pat WhitleyJuly 15, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Well, you may have been under the weather,but it sure did not affect your cards. Beautiful, as usual.

Gentle hugs!

Karen SchroederJuly 15, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Your cards are fantastic! Awesome new release!

NoreenJuly 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

I’m new to your site. Love your work. Love the sympathy card and will try to copy it in some way. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely work.

Designer Phone Case Inspirations

Hey there! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Today, I am featuring some cool new dies that will knock your socks off! Erin Lincoln designed dies that allow you to make your own cell phone/iPod phone cases. These are such a great idea for homemade gift options. The best part is that they are super easy to assemble and there are endless design options. Take a look at what I created.


I paired Keep It Simple: Thinking of You stamp set with the Phone Case Detail dies to create this card. It coordinates with the phone case.


I used Limitless Layers: Circles as a focal point for the sentiment. On the circle die cut, I used a border from Limitless Layers: Labels.


Here is the case. I used a chevron die to create this pattern.


 Lots of stitching on this design, but so worth it!


Stamps: Keep It Simple: Thinking of You, Limitless Layers: Labels
Ink: True Black, Harvest Gold
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Rustic White, Sweet Blush
Dies: Phone Case + Phone Case Details, Limitless Layers: Circles
Patterned Paper: Hibiscus Burst
Other: Fine Linen felt, floss (Bazzill)

Check out what the rest of the team created.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
GraceJuly 14, 2014 - 8:45 am

Love the card. The colors you used are amazing . Adorable cell phone case

Nancy LempinenJuly 14, 2014 - 9:18 am

Absolutely gorgeous stitching on this fabulous new die, great job, love the colors you selected too!

Parker OJuly 14, 2014 - 10:27 am

I LOVE the look of your card and project. The colors you used are superb.

Susan BeauchaineJuly 14, 2014 - 10:51 am

STUNNING stitch-work, Ashley.
The card and the case are fabulous
Thanks for sharing

Margarita Navarro-RiveraJuly 14, 2014 - 10:59 am

Love the zig zag card and phone case. Love the phone dies!

TereJuly 14, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Beautiful design!

Troy LouiseJuly 14, 2014 - 2:28 pm

This is so fun. Love the colors you used for the zigzags & nice stitching! Fun idea to make the matching card. I’m amazed you can get so much done while taking care of that adorable little one.

BevJuly 14, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Pretty design, Ashley – you’re right, there is a lot of stitching. Love that the card matches the case; perfect as a gift.

Sue ZorzutJuly 14, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Ashley, what a clever way to have a card and gift coordinate. I really like the pattern and color choices that you used to create both projects. You are so creative and talented, thank you for sharing!

Kathy KrugJuly 14, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Love how you matched the card to the case.

Kathie BJuly 14, 2014 - 8:55 pm

I love the color choices and the elegance of your card and the matching phone case. Lucky the one who is gifted with these winners. Thanks for the inspiration…

HappyExpressionsJuly 14, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Lovely card and phone case.

Diana KJuly 15, 2014 - 9:29 am

Both the card and case are seriously sweet. Impeccable design and stitching.

RisaJuly 28, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Oh gosh, what a beautiful clean card and case. I love everything about it!

Karen LJuly 30, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Love your phone case! Amazing colors… Two questions. How many strands of cross stitch floss did you use for stitching? Also, I am have trouble getting the zigzag dies to line up and not go crooked when running them thru my evolution. and how did you get them spaced so perfectly – I need your help!!!

Wish You Were Here

Welcome back! I hope you are enjoying Papertrey Ink’s July release festivities so far. Thank you for visiting to see my posts so far. I really appreciate each of your comments and encouraging words for me to use my handwriting on my pocket pages. I definitely am inspired to practice more and give it another try.

Today, the design team is showcasing lots of new stamps and dies. Pack Your Bags is a stamp and die collection I’ve been waiting for Papertrey Ink to produce. I love what Dawn McVey has designed. I created a pet-sitting thank you card and I can see those suitcases being used for so many more projects in the future. Get Lost is another stamp set that is perfect for scrapbooking and card making. I love it when products are versatile. Lastly, These United States and the coordinating dies are just what we needed to wrap up this whole travel theme. I can’t wait to add the state shapes to my pocket pages and more cards.


Using Pack Your Bags stamps and dies, I created a pet-sitting thank you card. It’s just what I need to thank (usually my sister) for pet-sitting Ozzy while we are out of town.


First, I die cut two of the suitcases and stamped the coordinating images.  I also added the mini luggage tag using twine.


Next, I die cut the dog (from Come All Ye Faithful) and stamped the coordinating images.


I added it all to an A2 card front that I stamped with a floral spray from It’s A Banner Day.



Stamps: Pack Your Bags, It’s a Banner Day, Come All Ye Faithful

Ink: Fine Linen, Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores

Cardstock: Rustic White

Dies: Pack Your Bags, Come All Ye Faithful

Other: Twine


Next, I designed a mini book album that you could create prior to your next vacation or as a little something to give for others who are traveling. I love pre-making mini albums because it’s something you can work on while on your vacation. You can take minimum supplies, such as adhesives and an instant camera (such as an Instax) and have it completed upon your return.


On the cover, I stamped Polka Dot Basics III. I added Tag Sale #11 die and created a shaker by adding sequins. I used sentiments from Get Lost to indicate the purpose – a travel log.


To create the album, I used the tri-fold cards. I used patterned papers and journal card dies to create space for photos and journaling.





On the back of the album, I added a vellum pocket, which included a vellum sack (made from Journal Card Pocket 2 die) to hold stamped embellishments, die cuts, and more to add to the album.


On the front, I used Wet Paint Cuts II and Grand Ampersand to indicate what’s inside. Once all the embellishments are used, the vellum pocket can be used to hold mementos from the vacation.


Here are the contents of the bag.


Stamps: Get Lost, Polka Dot Basics III, Journal Accessories

Ink: True Black, Hawaiian Shores, Limeade Ice, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold

Cardstock: Hawaiian Shores, Rustic White, True Black, Limeade Ice

Patterned Paper: Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst

Dies: Journal Card 1, Journal Card 2, Instant Photo 1, Wet Paint Chips II, Grand Ampersand, Tag Sale #11, Journal Card Pocket 2


My next card uses These United States and the United States die. I used the negative die cut on black cardstock and clear acetate to create a shaker card filled with sequins. I added a heart die cut and a stamped sentiment from the set.



Stamps: These United States

Ink: True Black

Cardstock: True Black, Rustic White, Raspberry Fizz

Dies: United States, Heart Prints

Other: Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)


Using the same United States die, I created this card. I stamped the die cut with polka dots and added the USA wording from State Abbreviations. I added the sentiment underneath the die cut for a simple card design.



Stamps: These United States, Polka Dot Basics, State Abbreviations

Ink: True Black, Pure Poppy

Cardstock: Limeade Ice, Rustic White

Dies: United States

For more inspiration using these cutting edge travel-themed products, check out what the rest of the team designed.

Nichole Heady
Betsy Veldman
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Erin Lincoln
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Maile Belles
Melissa Phillips
jan metcalfJuly 13, 2014 - 8:10 am

Lots of great ideas, love the dog on the suitcase with floral background!!

janetJuly 13, 2014 - 8:55 am

Absolutely wonderful projects, Ashley :)

June KJuly 13, 2014 - 9:03 am

Awesome cards and projects, Ashley! Love them ALL. I’m really excited about this release.

Betty Sue WarringJuly 13, 2014 - 9:32 am

Your cards are adorable!!!

Susan BeauchaineJuly 13, 2014 - 10:12 am

Another amazing post, Ashley! I LOVE the Dog sitting Thank you card! SO CUTE!!!
Thanks for sharing

Diana KJuly 13, 2014 - 10:12 am

Sweet, sweet projects. Especially love the pre-made mini album – such a fabulous, doable idea!

Parker OJuly 13, 2014 - 10:40 am

Each and every card does justice to showcasing some of the July Releases.

AJJuly 13, 2014 - 10:55 am

Love love the mini album! All of your cards are fantastic… Great inspiration! AJ@queenofmynest

Laura NorrisJuly 13, 2014 - 11:36 am

Wonderful projects!! Love the mini travel album and the shaker cards. So creative!

Tracey McNeelyJuly 13, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Awesome, well your travel journal is PTI’s mrketing job right there! :)

Kathy KrugJuly 13, 2014 - 12:58 pm

The dog on the suitcase is sooo cute. I really like the dp you made. the travel log is really special. Love the colors and design.

Mary Anne PerlmutterJuly 13, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Just wanted to comment on your thank you card. This is so cute and a perfect card to present to your pet sitter. Love this!

RhondaJuly 13, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Really like the travel tag ideas!

Mary KJuly 13, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Your dog sitter thank you card is one of the best Papertrey cards ever!!! Thanks so much for all your terrific inspiration.

GraceJuly 13, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Great ideas. Love them all

Megan CJuly 13, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Amazing projects Ashley!!

Ohhh SnapJuly 13, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Everything is brilliant, but that card with the dog is over the top!

julie F.July 13, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Your colors and designs are so fresh and adorable! Love the little doggie, he wants to go too!

Kathie BJuly 13, 2014 - 5:16 pm

What a perfect thank you card for pet sitters! Your shaker cards are quite wonderful. Thanks for your inspiration!

DebsJuly 13, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Love all your projects…that little vellum bag is a great idea to hold embellishments.

Lindsey LJuly 14, 2014 - 5:10 am

Ashley, I’ve absolutely loved your projects this week! I think today’s card might be my favorite because I would have never thought to pair those sets or to use the new products for that purpose…plus the result is beautiful. I find myself using your projects more and more to create my shopping list.:)

Mary BraytonJuly 14, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Hi Ashley,
PTI is just over the top for July 2014, but you and the design team are really the stars who bring these great products to life!

HappyExpressionsJuly 14, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Great projects.